What’s Happening In Naples: April 13-16 Weekend Edition

Thursday, April 13

Jennifer’s to Host Book Signing by Artist Myra Roberts

Jennifer’s boutique will host a book signing by artist Myra Roberts and author Brian Johnson on Thursday, April 13 from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.   Roberts is one of the best-selling artists in Southwest Florida.  Since moving to Sanibel in 1999, her vintage-style paintings have evolved from quintessential flirtatious beach fun to tackle serious subjects such as Hurricane Charley, lost island landmarks and the horrors of the Holocaust.   Roberts collaborated with author Brian Johnson on three books that will be available for purchase:

  • Retro Images from the Florida Coast – Roberts’ hard cover art book, with 71 color plates.   Original, vintage-style art portrays the things people love about Florida: palm-fringed beaches, blue-green water, sea turtles, bathing beauties, and other tropical scenes. Her paintings, like those of Norman Rockwell, tell a story that appeals to people of all ages and interests.
  • Project Tolerance – The Faces of Anne Frank – a collection of 30 oil paintings of Anne Frank.  The original oil paintings of Anne Frank’s life took nearly two years to painstakingly create. They depict the innocence and joy that was ultimately lost in Anne Frank’s young life during the Holocaust.
  • The Retro Art of Myra Roberts – Roberts’ newest book contains 96 images of her most recent paintings.  This edition has retro mermaids, Florida maps and wildlife, sisters and friends, and mermaids doing yoga (Roberts’ favorite activity other than painting).  Many of the images are based on Sanibel and Captiva’s rich history of places and people.

Roberts will also have her original artwork on display.  Her paintings are in public and private collections across the United States and Europe, including the estate of Robert Rauschenberg. Roberts received letters of endorsement for her “Faces of Anne Frank” project from former Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton, and the Jane Goodall Institute. Roberts does exhibitions and lectures about her art, much of which is based on interviews of Holocaust survivors and heroes. WGCU Public Media, in partnership with the Southwest Florida Community Foundation and the Women’s Fund of Southwest Florida, chose Roberts as one of five “2016 Makers: Women Who Make Southwest Florida,” based on her impact in the arts and social justice in Southwest Florida.

Complimentary wine, champagne and cupcakes will be served.

Jennifer’s is located at 13451 McGregor Boulevard at Cypress Lake Drive (Cypress Square) and is open from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.  Call (239) 481-8582 or visit Jennifer’s online at jennifersfortmyers.com or at facebook.com/jennifersfortmyers.

About Jennifer’s

The Fort Myers women’s boutique was founded by Jennifer Williams in 1983.  Jennifer’s offers subtle and timeless pieces that can be worn every day as well as sophisticated and simple fashions for the evening and special events.  Jennifer’s is located at 13451 McGregor Boulevard at Cypress Lake Drive in the Cypress Square Shopping Center.  For more information call 239-481-8582 or visit Jennifer’s online at jennifersfortmyers.com or at facebook.com/jennifersfortmyers.

Cost:  Free
Location:  Jennifer’s
Address: 13451 McGregor Boulevard at Cypress Lake Drive (Cypress Square), Fort FL

Art Gallery Field Trip

Visit the studio/galleries of three outstanding Naples artists and learn how fine art is created. Each artist will share their differing, but unique perspective on producing and exhibiting their artwork.

Painter and Ceramic artist, Shirley Kelley won awards in S.W. Florida as well as in major national shows. Her varied working materials help viewers understand Shirley’s inspirational sources and her technical style.  Her work is in numerous private collections.

A Sculptor in stone, glass, metal and bronze, Dr. Joel Shapses is a retired dentist, now a full time sculptor. Subjects and styles vary. You will see sculpture combining stone with neon, glass with stone and/or metal.  Dr. Shapses will tell you about his varied sources of inspiration. He has received more than 70 awards of recognition and has exhibited and sold his work nationally.  Shapses’ Studio, Kaledioscope of the Mind, is a wonderland.

Painter, Mally Khorasantchi–Mrs. K. has exhibited her work and received numerous awards in juried competitions and solo and  invitational exhibitions in the U.S. and Germany. Her work is in many private collections including the Walter Wickiser Gallery, N.Y C. Known primarily as an abstract painter Mrs. K. is inspired by the natural world and human experience.  Her media of choice is oil and mixed media.

RSVP by April 6.

Locations of Art Galleries:

5760 Shirley St. Suite #19, Naples, FL 34109

6230 Shirley St. Suite #201, Naples, FL 34109

Fairways Trade Village, 6240 Shirley St. Suite #102, Naples, FL 34109

Cost: $25
Location: Naples Art District
Address: 5760 Shirley St. Suite 19, Naples FL

Friday, April 14

Frankly Funny Fridays

Character actor and comedian Frank Blocker has appeared in off-Broadway hits “Eula Mae’s Beauty,” “Bait & Tackle” and “Southern Gothic Novel.” He’ll perform monologues, improv, songs and more.
Cost: $15
Location: Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs
Address: 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs FL

The Original Wailers

The Grammy Award-nominated reggae band features Al Anderson, a former lead guitarist for Bob Marley and The Wailers. SOWFLO and Roots Almighty.
Cost: $15
Location: The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon
Address: 2158 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers FL

Saturday, April 15

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Kids are invited to come have breakfast and meet the Easter Bunny. Breakfast is for children only, $5 per child. Coffee will be available for adults. Reservations required.

Cost: Free
Location: Miromar Outlets
Address: 10801 Corkscrew Rd, Estero FL

Tommy Bahama & Airstream Travel Trailer and Touring Coach Spring Break Party

Celebrating an appreciation for luxury, adventure and exploration, Tommy Bahama has partnered with Airstream to create a custom-designed travel trailer and touring couch which will be on display Saturday, April 15, 12:00pm-5:00pm at Tommy Bahama Third Street South – 1220 Third Street South Naples, FL 34102.

This spring break party event is free and open to the public. All attendees can enjoy music, complimentary beverages and appetizers.  Travel Trailer and Touring Coach will be available for all to see up close and get a glimpse into the possibilities of freedom and relaxation.

Cost: Free
Location: Tommy Bahama
Address: 1220 3rd Street S, Naples FL

The American Virtuosi Gala

Join us for an evening of gourmet food, wine, and world-class entertainment. Guests will enjoy music from renowned classical musicians, including violinists Peter Winograd, cellist Andres Diaz, violist and CEO of the Davis Art Center, Jim Griffith, and pianist Wendy Chen.

The American Virtuosi Gala

Cost: Tickets $100 • Tables for 8 $700
Location: Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center
Address: 2301 1st Street, Fort Myers FL

Sunday, April 16

Easter at The French

Celebrate Easter at The French!

Have a French Easter brunch with us on Sunday, April 16th in our outdoor patio or indoors in our bustling atmosphere. Chef Vincenzo is offering a traditional brunch menu prepared with the season’s freshest bounty. We will open our doors at 10am!

Call us at (239)-315-4019 or visit us at www.TheFrenchNaples.com to make a reservation.

Cost: Menu Prices
Location: The French Brasserie Rustique
Address: 365 5th Ave S, Naples FL

Easter at The Shell Factory

A family friendly Easter event, featuring the Easter Bunny himself for photo opportunities, an Easter Egg trail, and petting zoo. There will also be live music starting at 12:30 p.m.

Cost: Free
Location: The Shell Factory
Address: 2787 N. Tamiami Tr., Fort Myers FL

Easter at Osteria Tulia

Join Us for Easter at Osteria Tulia!

On Sunday, April 16th, Chef Vincenzo will be preparing a special rustic à la carte menu with specialty brunch dishes using Spring’s freshest ingredients. Highlights include a Cast Iron Waffle, Wood Baked Frittata, Salmon Carpoccio and a Slow Roasted Prime Rib Shoulder. We will open our doors at 10:30am!

Call 239-213-2073 or visit www.OsteriaTulia.com to make reservations.

Cost: Menu Prices
Location: Osteria Tulia
Address: 466 5th Ave S, Naples FL

Tom Cotter Comedian from America’s Got Talent

Tom Cotter became the first comedian to ever reach the finals of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent, ” thanks to his high energy, rapid-fire style of comedy leaves audiences clutching their sides and rolling in the aisles. Tom has won many comedy competitions, and was voted “Best Stand-Up” at The Las Vegas Comedy Festival. He has appeared on shows such as“The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Today Show,” and his own series, TWO-FUNNY, on The Women’s Entertainment Network. Other TV credits include CBS’ “The Late Late Show,” Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend”, “Comics Unleashed,” and a Barbara Walters Prime-Time Special among many others. Since moving to New York City, Tom filmed his very own Comedy Central special, “Comedy Central Presents… Tom Cotter”, and was featured in the Miramax film, “Next Stop Wonderland.” Opening for Tom is his wife, Kerri Louise, who was a finalist on the second season of Last Comic Standing and has appeared on shows such as Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn & The View. *SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT*

Cost: $25 – $180
Location: Off The Hook Comedy Club
Address: 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Rd Suite 1100, Naples FL